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2008 July | Superfectablog v3.0

Racehorses in History

June: Fairy Chant
b. 1937
Why: A champion at 3 and 4, Fairy Chant won the Beldame twice. She was in the money for 26 of her 42 races.

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Battleship Ballydoyle

The Ballydoyle juggernaut rolls on; Yeats cruised to victory in the Goodwood Cup (becoming a millionaire in the process — obviously, given the current exchange rate, he’s practically off the charts in dollars).

Former Horse of the Year Sergeant Cecil finished last in the race and, like Lava Man [...]

King Henry

Check off another box for Henrythenavigator: running against older horses? No problem. Granted, there were only two four-year-olds in the Sussex Stakes field and they were well-beaten, but it’s another milestone for the colt. Raven’s Pass, an American-bred Elusive Quality colt (who has now finished behind Henrythenavigator three times), did press him at the [...]

Glorious Goodwood

While Saratoga continues apace here, Glorious Goodwood kicks off today in Britain, with a number of Group 2 and 3 races on the card. Tomorrow promises to be Aiden O’Brien’s big day, with Henrythenavigator (pictured) in the Sussex Stakes, looking for his fourth Group 1 win; O’Brien himself will be aiming for number sixteen for [...]

More Big Brown Drama – Oh, and Some Racing

Sure, there were some horses running over the weekend, but their performances were somewhat overshadowed by the ongoing trainwreck that is the Big Brown Situation. In case you missed the hilarity on ABC when Michael Iavarone and Rick Dutrow directly contradicted each other in separate interviews, The Aspiring Horseplayer has helpfully put both videos [...]

Saratoga Showers

While she obviously didn’t like the slop at Saratoga the other day (finishing last after tying up in the Schuylerville, which was won by Jardin), Ocean Colors is still very much on my ‘watch’ list. Bill Finley’s article on her prior to the race is well worth checking out; here’s hoping for a more [...]

…And Statistics

Before we sojourn up to Saratoga, let us first examine the Blood-Horse’s special report, ‘Losing the Iron Horse.’ Finally, someone has actually taken the time to compile and examine statistics regarding stallions and the number of starts per offspring. It seems at first glance that the early 1990s is when things start to [...]

Speculation

This week has already seen its share of speculation about Lava Man’s future after his last-place finish in the Eddie Read Handicap; his connections seem to be leaning very strongly toward his retirement.

It seems clear that the 7-year-old gelding is past his peak as a racehorse; his recent effort was his sixth loss in a [...]

Racing Renaissance?

The BBC asks whether racing is undergoing ‘a renaissance‘ with attendance at its highest since the second world war and two new tracks opening in the next two years.

Great Leighs opened in Essex this Spring (the first new British racetrack in over 80 years) and features summer evening racing (over Polytrack – pictured); while admission [...]

Rock the Vote

So, if it were up to you, what would you do next with Curlin? Jess Jackson wants to know. While I agree that he didn’t display his usual closing kick in his turf debut, he was a bit slow to come into his own on dirt as well and could benefit from some [...]

Horses Americans Should Know V: Montmartre

Given Curlin’s (relatively) disappointing finish in the Man O’ War, many European betting agencies have upped his odds for the Arc; they have also installed a new favorite in the appropriately-named Montmartre. Montmartre won the Grand Prix de Paris yesterday (Bastille Day, as you no doubt noticed) in very impressive style (video).

Despite his win, [...]